Govt bans health workers from private jobs

By Staff Reporter

The government has banned all health workers from offering services to private health institutions.

According to a letter issued by Ministry of health permanent secretary Dr Kennedy Malama, the ban is with immediate effect and attracts stiff punishment if not obeyed.

“The Ministry has noted with concern that public health service employees in the health sector, particularly medical personnel, have been engaging themselves in double or multiple employment while remaining active civil servants. You are hereby reminded that in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Service No. 86 ‘no officer may draw a salary for more than one post at the same time,” Dr Malama stated. “… No medical doctor, nurse, midwife, clinical officer or indeed any other public service employee employed in the Ministry of Health shall be allowed to work in any private institution whether it be a hospital, clinic, pharmacy, academic institution or any other organization whilst simultaneously employed in the public service… It must be particularly noted that, this directive is with immediate effect and failure to comply shall constitute misconduct and shall result in disciplinary actin being instituted against erring officers in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of Service for the Public Service.”